Andrey is one of the only ones of my kids currently listed for adoption. When it comes to Andrey, on paper, it doesn’t look good... Down syndrome, strabismus (crossed eyes), congenital heart disease, significant delays, recent regression, possible reflux, probable symptomatic atlantoaxial instability (a condition which causes weakness in the neck), etc. But let me tell you what a medical file can’t – this little boy is pure love, an absolute joy to be around! He loves to be held and cuddled, to laugh and be tickled and if you spent some time playing with him you’d see that he has a personality and sense of humour all of his own. You’d also see that deep down, this little boy is motivated to learn and to grow. When I first met him it was clear that he had been slowly regressing. He could hardly even sit up on his own and could not/would not bare any weight on his legs, even with help. After just a month of spending time with him just one hour or so a week, he began pulling himself to a stand, first when he was with me, holding onto my hands and later on his own, using the side of the crib. The problem is, this little guy is smart, he has caught on to the fact that no one expects anything out of him, no one cares. He has no one to impress with his newly learned skills, no one to cheer him on when he reaches new milestones, and so he has simply stopped trying. Yet I see so much potential in him, he just needs to be given a chance.
Andrey is already 4-years-old. Sometime within the next year he will be transferred out of the baby orphanage. For the most part, I like the special needs orphanage that he will be transferred to but when it comes to Andrey, I am afraid. I am afraid that because he hardly sits up by himself, let alone stand, walk, etc., he will be transferred to one of those dreaded rooms on the second floor where he will spend the rest of his days bedridden and alone.
Andrey is running out of time. He needs a family. He is the only child with Down syndrome left at the baby orphanage orphanage that does not have a family. Despite the fact that he is the oldest and has been listed for a long time already, he continues to be passed over. Andrey needs a family and I believe that they are out there somewhere. Maybe it’s someone you know. Maybe it’s a friend of someone you know. Maybe it’s you.
Please take a few minutes to watch this video that Stephanie put together. Then click here to read about what she is doing to help find this sweet boy’s family and how you can help.